Eclectic Reader Challenge

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Note: I took part in the 2012 version of this challenge but for the foreseeable future it will be repeated yearly with varying categories so it is still possible to take part! Check the blog Book’d Out for the latest version. 🙂

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The Eclectic Reader Challenge runs from January 1st to December 31st 2012. The aim of this challege is to read one book for each of the categories below. Click here to read my post and find out more about the challenge.

  1. Literary Fiction – I will be reading Emma by Jane Austen READ click here for my review. 
  2. Crime/Mystery Fiction – I will be reading The Brutal Art by Jesse Kellerman READ click here for my review.
  3. Romantic Fiction – I will be reading Evercrossed by Elizabeth Chandler READ click here for my review.
  4. Historical Fiction – I will be reading The Help by Kathryn Stockett. READ click here for my review.
  5. Young Adult –The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins READ click here for my review.
  6. Fantasy – I will be reading Stardust by Neil Gaiman READ click here for my review.
  7. Science Fiction – I will be reading Across the Universe by Beth Revis READ click here for my review.
  8. Non Fiction – The Elements of Style by William Strunk Jr and E.B. WhiteREAD click here for my review.
  9. Horror – Dracula by Bram Stoker READ click here for my review.
  10. Thriller /Suspense – Killing Floor by Lee Child READ click here for my review.
  11. Classic – I will be reading The Great Gatsby by F. Scott FitzgeraldREAD click here for my review.
  12. Your favourite genre – I will be reading Inheritance by Christopher Paolini READ click here for my review.
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25 thoughts on “Eclectic Reader Challenge

  1. Since you like vampires and classics, might I suggest Carmilla by Le Fanu for the horror genre?

    Even the book Im reading now The Monk(yes I havent finished it yet!) is pretty scary but if you keen on Stephen King, I’m going to be hunting for IT in the new year. I’m dying to read it so maybe we can read it together and compare notes?

    • Ahh yes, I do like my vampires 😉 I came across that book during my research but I’d never heard of it previous to that so it would be interesting to actually read the book first hand, and form my own opinion about how females are represented in it. I must get around to reading Dracula soon too, after all, it is the book that catapulted vampires into the limelight and as a dedicated book addict, I really should read it!
      Wow, that is taking you quite a long time to read, (mind you I’m one to talk.) Is it a big book?
      The main reason I’ve put Stephen King is a possible is that I’ve never actually read any of his books, which is shameful, I know! It’s funny you mentioned IT because I went into Waterstones yesturday because I had a free £5 voucher and I was so close to buying it! Haha, but I ended up picking another book instead because in total it would only cost me 24p, bargin! 😉
      But yeah that sounds like a great idea, I’d love to compare notes, I’ll be looking forward to it. Would you say IT counts more as a horror or thriller?

      • OMG, I recommended Carmilla because I assumed you had read Dracula already! LOL. If there’s one thing you know about me its how much I love Dracula, so that’s a definite one on your list.
        I’ve been so busy lately and I’m reading 2 other books along with the Monk so that could be why I’m taking so long. Its not long in terms of length but it can be quite tedious in some parts. I’ll make it a mission to finish it before the year is out! Promise 😉
        IT is definitely horror. I remember watching the tv series when I was very, very young(way below the Age restriction) and it was one of the scariest shows I’d ever seen. Dont feel so bad. I’ve only read 2 SK books despite being such a horror buff. I’m not a huge fan of his books but I am a great admirer of him as a writer.

      • Ahahaa, yeah I know, I’m determined to read more of the classics in 2012! Dracula included.
        Ahh thats fair enough, I often read more than one book at once 🙂
        Cool, thank you, I shall add it to my list. I remember when I was younger the scariest programme I watched was Goosebumps! Haha.

  2. Oh btw, for the thriller genre, I haven’t read any Michael Connelly but I really want to check some of his novels out-he’s gotten some great reviews. Maybe you would also like to consider Thomas Harris? He wrote Silence of the Lambs.

    • No problem! Ahh, I’m always glad to have spread some bookish knowledge or a book related challenge. I’m glad you liked the idea enough to join in! 🙂 I will check out your post right now.
      Thanks for stopping by! 🙂

    • Shhhhh 😉 Hehe, yeah I know…I’m very disappointed with myself, I am currently reading the next book though!
      Yes stupid school work! I hate it. I can’t wait for this summer, I swear I’m going to just read for days on end… 🙂
      I’m doing ok, I’m 100-ish pages in, but it needs to get moving soon, I want some more drama! The problem is although I’m enjoying it, with my work load lately I often find myself yearning for something more light weight, and Jane Austen requires a lot of attention…..you may certainly borrow it this summer 🙂 x

    • Hmm I have to be honest here and say that I don’t generally read non-fiction books. This challenge will be a first for me!
      All I can suggest is that you pick a topic you are really interested in e.g. vampires, or Wicca. You can also get a lot of non-fiction books that analyse films like The Hunger Games and Twilight if that’s something your interested in.
      Sorry I couldn’t be more helpful, but good luck with your reading and thanks for stopping by my blog! 🙂

    • Go for it! Taking part in a challenge is always a lot of fun, especially if it gets you to branch out into other genre’s you wouldn’t normally touch. 🙂

      Awwh thank you, and thank you for following! I found your Harry Potter plot holes post really interesting as a fellow Potterhead.

  3. To choose Elements of Style as a “nonfiction” book strikes me as a miss. This is more a technical manual than nonfiction, per se. Given the many excellent histories out there I’d go with one of those. You showed some real persistence to read Elements in toto. IMHO, a history would have been much more fun.

    • Hi Jahn, I never actually intended to pick The Elements of Style for my nonfiction read. However it reached the end of the year of the challenge and I ran out of time with several spots left blank, so I tacked on The Elements of Style which I read the following year (which was required reading for a course at university) so that I could say I had completed it. It was definitely not what I would have picked if I’d had the time! But I agree, it’s much more of a manual. 🙂

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